US House Democrats Crafting New $2.2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are working on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that could be voted on next week, a key lawmaker said on Thursday, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated that she is ready to negotiate with the White House. With formal COVID-19 relief talks stalled for nearly seven weeks, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said new legislative efforts got under way this week after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in congressional testimony that lawmakers needed to provide further support for an economy reeling from the pandemic. “The contours are already there. I think now it’s about time frame and things like that,” Neal told reporters when asked about the potential for new legislation. He predicted a vote could come within days. “I assume, since the House is scheduled to break for the election cycle, then I think next week’s … appropriate,” said Neal, adding that Pelosi would determine when a legislative package might be introduced. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy dismissed the new initiative as partisan. Pelosi also faces pressure from moderate House Democrats who say they want to see bipartisan aid proposals that have a chance of becoming law. “If it’s a messaging exercise, it’s worthless,” Representative Dean Phillips, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, told CNN. He said the effort risked looking like Senate Republicans who had unsuccessfully pushed their own partisan coronavirus aid bill. “Many of us are getting sick of that,” Phillips said. Stocks reacting positively to the announcements from Congress, with the S&P reaching a session high shortly after, before paring some gains. Formal talks between Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows broke down without a deal on Aug. 7, with the two sides far apart. Pelosi and Mnuchin have since spoken by phone. “We’re ready for negotiation,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, saying she had last spoken to Mnuchin on Wednesday. Pelosi and Schumer, who initially sought a $3.4 trillion relief package, have since scaled back their demands to $2.2 trillion. Neal said a new legislative package would be somewhere near $2.2 trillion. Some media reports said it could be $2.4 trillion. But it was not clear whether the White House would agree to such a sum. Meadows has said that Trump would be willing to sign a $1.3 trillion relief package. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans, who have not been involved directly in the negotiations, initially proposed a $1 trillion bill, which was rejected by many Republicans who thought it too large and by Senate Democrats who said it was too small. Senate Republicans later tried and failed to bring a smaller $300 billion bill to the floor. (Reporting by David Morgan and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Daniel Wallis)

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House Democrats File Bill To Fund US Government but Leave Out New Farm Money

The U.S. Congress this week considers legislation to fund the federal government through mid-December, but a dispute over farm aid raised questions about whether lawmakers can avoid a government shutdown amid a pandemic just weeks before the Nov. 3 elections. With government funding lapsing on Sept. 30, House Democrats announced Monday they had filed the stopgap funding legislation, but angered Republicans by leaving out new money that President Donald Trump wanted for farmers. The House will take up the bill on Tuesday, a Democratic aide said. The Senate could then act later this week. The new federal fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. The bill is designed to give lawmakers more time to work out federal spending for the period through September 2021, including budgets for military operations, healthcare, national parks, space programs, and airport and border security. The spending proposal “will avert a catastrophic shutdown in the middle of the ongoing pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, and keep government open until December 11, when we plan to have bipartisan legislation to fund the government for this fiscal year,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. But the measure’s December end date will require Congress to return to the government funding question again during its post-election lame-duck session, either during or after what could be a bruising fight to confirm Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And the legislation does not include $21.1 billion the White House sought to replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation, a program to stabilize farm incomes, because Democrats considered this a “blank check” for “political favors,” said a House Democratic aide who asked not to be named. Trump promised more farm aid during a rally in Wisconsin last week. Republicans were not happy. “House Democrats’ rough draft of a government funding bill shamefully leaves out key relief and support that American farmers need. This is no time to add insult to injury and defund help for farmers and rural America,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote on Twitter. Republicans could seek to amend the document to add in the provision, but both chambers will ultimately need to pass the same version for the measure to go to President Trump for signing into law. The bill proposes spending $14 billion to shore up a trust fund that pays for airport improvements and air traffic control operations. It also directs $13.6 billion to maintain current spending levels on highways and mass transit. Pelosi said the bill would also save America’s older citizens from an increase in Medicare health insurance premiums of up to $50 per month. Congressional Democrats have had a stormy relationship with the White House over federal funding since Trump took office early in 2017. (Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; additional reporting by David Shepardson and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Scott Malone, Steve Orlofsky and David Gregorio)

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Pelosi Claims Democrats Have ‘Arrows in Our Quiver’ If Trump Tries To Fill Ginsburg’s Vacancy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) is prepared to take action if President Donald Trump attempts to push a Supreme Court nominee through in a lame duck session if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is elected in November. “We have our options; we have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now. But the fact is, we have a big challenge in our country. This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made,” Pelosi said during her appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” She added, “So right now, our main goal… would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the American people from the coronavirus.” Host George Stephanopoulos questioned Pelosi about whether Democrats are “ruling anything out.” Pelosi stressed the responsibility lawmakers have to protect the American people. Watch her comments below: “We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Republicans move to confirm a Trump SCOTUS pick in a lame duck session if Biden wins. https://t.co/FIvnhfahWK pic.twitter.com/55i2KuREx9 — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 20, 2020 “We have a responsibility, we take an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said. She continued, “We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.” Pelosi’s comments come just days after the Supreme Court announced the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, as IJR previously reported. Ginsburg died from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer at the age of 87. Her granddaughter Clara Spera released a statement shortly after Ginsburg’s death that revealed her dying wish, as IJR previously reported. “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said. Former President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders urged Republicans to wait until after the November election to fill Ginsburg’s vacancy.

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WH Blasts Pelosi for Not Ruling Out Impeaching Trump To Prevent Him From Filling SCOTUS Vacancy

The White House is firing back after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not rule out impeaching the president again prevent him from filling the new vacancy on the Supreme Court ahead of the election. Pelosi said on Sunday that Congressional Democrats have options in the event that President Donald Trump moves to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court that opened up in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern told Fox News, “The Speaker threatened to impeach the President—again—for simply fulfilling his constitutional obligation.” “Numerous Democrats are threatening to pack the court and say things like ‘nothing is off the table.’ These are bizarre and dangerous power grabs by Democrats who will stop at nothing to erode the Constitution to enact their radical agenda,” he continued. Finally, he said, “President Trump will fulfill his constitutional duty to protect our God-given rights and do his part to fill the seat.” Morgenstern’s comments come hours after Pelosi indicated that House Democrats might take action if Trump moved to fill Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court before the election. During an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Pelosi said, “We have our options; we have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.” “We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Republicans move to confirm a Trump SCOTUS pick in a lame duck session if Biden wins. https://t.co/FIvnhfahWK pic.twitter.com/55i2KuREx9 — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 20, 2020 She added, “We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.” Her comments come as Trump has indicated he would nominate someone to fill Ginsburg’s seat this week. Ginsburg’s granddaughter, Clara Spera, released a statement on Friday that said her grandmother’s “most fervent wish” was that “I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Trump was impeached on for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power in December, 2019.

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LN Radio 9/20/20 – Climate Change, Socialism, Liberty Under Siege

Weaponizing weather, the growing specter of collectivism, and liberty under threat as never before. Tim Donner Washington Political Columnist at LibertyNation.com. Tim is a radio talk show host, former candidate for the U.S. Senate, and longtime entrepreneur, Conservatarian policy advocate, and broadcast journalist. He is Founder and President of One Generation Away, LN’s parent organization.

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Tributes Flow in After Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at Age of 87

Tributes are pouring in after the news broke of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday. The Supreme Court made known that Ginsburg died, surrounded by family members, due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. Hundreds of people gathered together outside the Supreme Court on Friday evening, where they chanted, “RBG! RBG!” Mourners outside the US Supreme Court chant “RBG” on the night of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. pic.twitter.com/3n57xGQ93Y — NBC News (@NBCNews) September 19, 2020 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court says. She was 87.Here's a look back at her life and legacy. https://t.co/Tpa0hepzhh pic.twitter.com/XHaCVYb7eN — CNN (@CNN) September 19, 2020 President Donald Trump also paid respect to Ginsburg, as he told reporters, “She led an amazing life. Whether you agree or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.” In a statement, the president wrote, “May her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world.” Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) noted that the flags were flying half staff over the U.S. Capitol. “The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is devastating,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. “Justice Ginsburg embodied justice, brilliance and goodness, and her passing is an incalculable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice and strive to build a better future for our children.” “We must honor Justice Ginsburg’s trailblazing career and safeguard her powerful legacy by ensuring that the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court upholds her commitment to equality, opportunity and justice for all.” Tonight, the flags are flying at half staff over the Capitol to honor the patriotism of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Every woman and girl, and therefore every family, in America has benefitted from her brilliance. — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 19, 2020 We must honor Justice Ginsburg’s trailblazing career and safeguard her powerful legacy by ensuring that the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court upholds her commitment to equality, opportunity and justice for all. — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 19, 2020 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also said of Ginsburg, “She was an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law.” Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She was an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law. May her memory be a blessing to all people who cherish our Constitution and its promise. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020 Joe Biden struggles to read prepared remarks after passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg."The voters should pick the president & the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider."pic.twitter.com/Qinpv3Mlye — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 19, 2020 “Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored,” former President Barack Obama wrote in a statement. He noted: “Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. My statement: https://t.co/Wa6YcT5gDi — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 19, 2020 Check out reactions below: Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 19, 2020 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the great justices in modern American history and her passing is a tremendous loss to our country. She will be remembered as an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights. — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 19, 2020 Tonight, we mourn the passing of a giant in American history, a champion for justice, a trailblazer for women.She would want us all to fight as hard as we can to preserve her legacy. — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020 Tonight we mourn, we honor, and we pray for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family. But we also recommit to fight for her legacy.Doug and I send our heartfelt prayers to Jane and James, and the entire Ginsburg family, particularly on this holy day of Rosh Hashanah. pic.twitter.com/SNyqZCznfv — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 19, 2020 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg led a remarkable life of consequence. She worked with passion & conviction, inspired many women, offered hope to other cancer survivors.Prayers to her loved ones.May She Rest In Peace. — Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 19, 2020 My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ruth Bader Ginsburg tonight. She leaves a legacy of thoughtful public service, a dedication to the law, and a life of great accomplishment. May she Rest In Peace. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 19, 2020 A profound and fearless advocate for women, equality, and justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impact will undoubtedly be felt for generations. My thoughts are with her family, colleagues, and all who were inspired by her lifetime of service. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 19, 2020 May the Lord see Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to her well-earned rest. May we continue fight for Justice here with her passion, brilliance and extraordinary mischief. Until good is done. #RBG — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 19, 2020 She was a brilliant jurist, an inimitable Supreme Court justice, a force for equality and integrity—and she was one of my heroes. There will never be another RBG, but we are a much better, fairer country for all that she gave us. — Melinda Gates (@melindagates) September 19, 2020 One of the most beautiful and interesting modern public friendships was that between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her ideological opposite Antonin Scalia. They both loved opera, law and the U.S.A. I always loved their relationship. Let this part of their legacy be an example to us all — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 19, 2020 There were several reactions that flowed in on social media, including from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who wrote, “Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.”

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Nancy Pelosi Says Looters and Rioters Should Be Prosecuted

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D-Calif) took to the floor of the lower chamber this week to condemn people who are “looting, starting fires and rioting” and called for those people to be prosecuted. Pelosi began her speech by saying, “We support peaceful demonstrations, we participate in them, they are part of the essence of our democracy. That does not include looting, starting fires or rioting. They should be prosecuted, that is lawlessness.” She added, “I’m very proud that Joe Biden has presented the clarity of that, making a distinction that I don’t think our colleagues quite understand but the American people do and a poll released today said that the American people support congressional Democrats over President Trump in terms of dealing with the issue of crime in our country for all of their misrepresentations.” Speaker Pelosi: "We support peaceful demonstrations. We participate in them. They are part of the essence of our democracy. That does not include looting, starting fires, or rioting. They should be prosecuted. That is lawlessness." pic.twitter.com/Xq89RLR70f — The Hill (@thehill) September 17, 2020 President Donald Trump has focused much of his campaign on a “law and order” messaging strategy, accusing Democrats of being weak on riots that have broken out alongside peaceful protests against police violence. But Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has repeatedly blasted the idea that he’s sympathetic to rioters. In an early September speech, Biden said, “Let’s get something straight here, protesting is protesting, my buddy John Lewis used to say. But none of it justifies looting, burning, or anything else.” Those remarks followed an late-August Biden speech in Pittsburgh in which he said, “You know me, you know my heart. You know my story, my family’s story. Ask yourself, do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?” On that occasion, the Democratic nominee added, “I want a safe America, safe from COVID, safe from crime and looting. Safe from racially motivated violence, safe from bad cops. Let me be crystal clear, safe from four more years of Donald Trump.”

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Pelosi on Relief Negotiations: ‘It’s Hard to See’ How Democrats ‘Can Go Any Lower’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reiterating that Democrats are willing to compromise on coronavirus relief negotiations. Still, she does not believe they will support anything less than her previous offer. During a press briefing, Pelosi noted Democrats came down $1 trillion from their original proposal, and when they asked Republicans to come up $1 trillion, they went down. “When we go into a negotiation, it’s about the allocation of the resources,” Pelosi said. She added, “But it’s hard to see how we can go any lower when you only have greater needs.” Check out her comments below: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on stimulus talks with Republicans: "When we go into a negotiation it's about the allocation of the resources, but it's hard to see how we can go any lower when you only have greater needs" pic.twitter.com/lPG90B2RkC — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 17, 2020 Pelosi’s comments come just one day after President Donald Trump advised Republicans to “go for the much higher numbers” on the next relief bill, as IJR previously reported. Pelosi said she offered White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows $2.2 trillion for a full package, which is less than the original asking price of $2.4 trillion. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressed their appreciation for Trump’s call for a bigger relief bill, as IJR previously reported. They said in a statement they are “encouraged” by his remarks and “look forward to hearing from the President’s negotiators that they will finally meet us halfway.” Democrats and Republicans have been negotiating for the past six weeks. The House approved a $3.4 trillion aid plan in May, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for a “pause” in new funding. He proposed a $1 trillion relief package that was later rejected by Republicans. McConnell put up a $300 billion bill for a vote, which was shot down by Democrats after they claimed it did not meet the needs of the American people. The new House proposal includes another batch of direct payments to Americans, $500 billion in funding for state and local governments, and unemployment benefits.

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Pelosi, Schumer on Trump’s Call for Bigger Relief Bill: ‘We Are Encouraged’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are praising President Donald Trump after he urged Republican lawmakers to “go for the much higher numbers” in coronavirus relief negotiations. “We are encouraged that after months of the Senate Republicans insisting on shortchanging the massive needs of the American people, President Trump is now calling on Republicans to ‘go for the much higher numbers’ in the next coronavirus relief package,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. They added, “We look forward to hearing from the President’s negotiators that they will finally meet us halfway with a bill that is equal to the massive health and economic crises gripping our nation.” The Democratic lawmakers noted 200,000 Americans will have died from the coronavirus by the end of the week. “The lives and livelihoods of the American people depend on Republicans abandoning their obsession with doing as little as possible while the coronavirus rages through our nation,” Pelosi and Schumer said. Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to call for a bigger relief package, as IJR previously reported. While he called Democrats “heartless,” he still encouraged Republicans to increase the price tag on the bill. Pelosi and Schumer’s statement comes just days after the Senate killed the GOP backed bill, as IJR previously reported. The bill would have provided around $300 billion in new coronavirus aid. During a CNBC interview on Tuesday, Pelosi explained, “We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement.” According to her, the disagreements are based on how to “crush the virus.” She told CNN on Friday she is “optimistic” Congress will pass another relief package ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), on the contrary, said, “it doesn’t look that good right now.”

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The Background of the “Harris-Biden” Ticket…

With Senator Kamala Harris and Joe Biden making recent admissions about the actual power dynamic behind the Democrat 2020 presidential ticket more people are starting to take notice. What exactly is this Harris-Biden ticket all about? Here’s the background to understand. CTH readers are astute to the political dynamics, and do substantive independent research, so we will cut through the fog and just explain in common sense terms. When Kamala Harris informally launched her bid for the Democrat nomination she did so in an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos; this was not accidental. Harris was the DNC club candidate intended to walk in the shadow of the Obama team. As a consequence when the formal campaign was launched it was coordinated with the Chicago Jussie Smollett fiasco.  That incident was manufactured; this is how they roll. These people are all connected. Racial issues are a purposeful political strategy. Unfortunately for the Club, the Smollet effort back-fired and Harris was never able to exploit the larger racial dynamic deployed by those who organize the astroturf effort. The primary race then wobbled along as the internal DNC players tried to figure out the best way to stay in power yet keep the far-left base motivated. While the Democrat party, writ large, are known for exploiting fragmented special interests, the Obama coalition is the internal group with expertise at exploiting race for political benefit.  This dynamic has existed since the initial contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008.  This internal dynamic continues today. The Black Grievance Industry (BGI) is an assembly of two larger groups.  Group-one is the Black Lives Matter group, modern and extremist.  Group-two is the AME church network, more traditional and with a larger network.  The BLM group originated during the terms of the Obama administration.  The AME network has existed for many decades before. When Hillary Clinton ran in 2016 the prior agreement between her and Obama meant that President Obama was supposed to activate BLM and AME to support her. However, there was historic baggage between the two, some very bad blood in the background, and Obama only half-heartedly fulfilled his 2009/2012 promises.  The networks were activated but there was little forceful pressure upon them. This weak Obama effort showed in September 2016 when Hillary Clinton attended the Kansas City National Baptist Convention, and the attendance for her key-note address was stunningly poor {Background}.  It was after this event when CTH was certain Donald Trump would defeat Clinton in the 2016 election. Fast forward to the hot mess that was the 2020 Democrat primary race.  With Kamala Harris collapsing due to her own immaturity; and with Bernie Sanders in position to take the momentum; the DNC club was in a very bad position.  Urgent action needed to be taken to retain club power and control. Immediately before the South Carolina primary, Barack Obama (BLM network) and the traditional racial apparatus (AME network) realized they were about to lose control to Bernie Sanders.  Their response was to quickly coordinate a club move to swing the election away from the Sanders camp. An urgent assembly of all party control officers was called. The power brokers within the DNC Club designed a plan around using James Clyburn (AME network) as the official spark for Joe Biden to take back control of the primary outcome. Former President Obama contacted all candidates and informed them when and how they would quit the race and fall-in-line behind Joe Biden.  James Clyburn was then triggered to initiate his endorsement and begin the rapid-fire process. Within 48 hours all members of the club and candidates had their instructions and proceeded to follow-through on the plan.  They had no choice.  If they did not comply they would suffer the consequences of a fully aligned club hierarchy who would target them personally and financially. The plan worked flawlessly. As part of the coordinated deal Representative James Clyburn was put in charge of the Biden campaign; Clyburn stunningly admitted this immediately after the strategy went public.  As we noted at the time, Obama and Clyburn would then select/appoint the vice-presidential nominee.  That’s how Kamala Harris was re-entered into the equation. Joe Biden has early-onset dementia. Everyone knows this to be true.  The Biden candidacy is a front; a ruse, a manipulative scheme that needs a face… That’s Joe Biden. A Biden presidency would be a complete farce.  The Obama coalition is in control of everything behind the scenes.  All policy would be Obama policy; and, specifically because of their importance in triggering the origin of the entire enterprise, the primary policy stakeholders will be the congressional black caucus (CBC) led by James Clyburn.  This influence plan is behind the merging of Black Lives Matter and AME network. This racial activation strategy is why the initial George Floyd protests were so important and why so much political effort was put into the two weeks of funerals, memorials and narrative control. InApril, House Democrats created a Coronavirus investigation committee and James Clyburn, Biden’s handler and puppet-master, was put in charge of that committee.  Again, as you can see in today’s larger narrative around the issue, the COVID-19 narrative was engineered for political use against President Trump.  None of this is accidental. As CTH noted at the time.….. “The assembly of the Clyburn Committee is the DNC’s fourth political effort to remove President Trump from office. (1) 2017: Russia Collusion; (2) 2018: Mueller Obstruction; (3) 2019: Ukraine interference; and now (4) 2020: Coronavirus caused by Trump.” […] “Perhaps the DNC confidence toward pulling this off is driven by their confidence in using the coronavirus to get mail-in vote ballots approved on a state-by-state basis. The DNC Club controls the mail…. and the ballot counting… in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan…. ergo the DNC Club controls the 2020 election. One thing is sure, Clyburn’s Trump Removal Committee will find or create every possible controversy, and manufacture whatever they cannot find, to outline President Trump as the cause for suffering in the U.S. with coronavirus. A big part of that plan will be to highlight the coronavirus impact on the black and minority communities.” Where we are today was easily predictable five months ago for those who follow the road-map that is continually used by the DNC club; and those who understand how organized the club is at creating astroturf. Joe Biden is a Potemkin candidate; a completely false front for the club.  The actual and purposeful operation is attempting to position Kamala Harris to deliver on the policies, goals and objectives of the far-left Obama coalition that operates in the background. The flaw in their strategy is their dependency on black voters to stay away from President Trump.  Black constituents are catching on to the scheme; and black voters -those not blinded by the cultural peer pressure- are seeing President Trump actually deliver on issues that are important to them. Additionally, the Obama coalition dependence on black voters creates a void around Latino voters.  There is friction between the two groups.  President Trump’s focus on delivering results for both black and Latino voters, as well as all Americans, is specifically against the designed interests of the Obama coalition. Hispanic voters support President Trump because his policies actually create results, strong economic results, for their community.   Also there is a strong cultural connection between Trump priorities and the faith and leadership values within the traditional Latino community.  The Obama coalition is trying to react to this now… however, Harris and Biden are weak messengers for outreach toward the Latino community. BOTTOM LINE: Joe Biden is a ruse.  Kamala Harris is who Obama and Clyburn are trying to put in place. [embedded content] . (Pictured) Joe Biden Latino Outreach Effort – September 14, 2020, in Miami Share this: Like this: Like Loading...

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Dems Push Pelosi to Back Off Hard Line on Relief Bill

Moderate Democrats lashed out at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) during a conference call Tuesday for her refusal to negotiate with the White House on coronavirus relief. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (Va.), Max Rose (N.Y.), Jason Crow (Colo.), and Kathleen Rice (N.Y.) all called on Pelosi to accept a compromise to get the relief package through, according to Politico, and Spanberger said Democrats need to do their "g—damn job." But Pelosi stuck by the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act that the House passed in May. Recent Stories in Democrats Pelosi also said the House Democrats would stay in session until an agreement is reached. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) contradicted her shortly afterwards, saying members would not be required to stay past the scheduled recess date of Oct. 2 but would be on call to return if an agreement is reached. Spanberger asked why members were no longer expected to stay in session until a deal is reached, which Pelosi dismissed before signing off of the call. "My conviction is to actually do my g—damn job and come up with a solution for the American people," Spanberger said. "We have to bring something to the floor." "Every member of the leadership team, Democrats and Republicans, have messed up," Rose said in Politico‘s account of the call. "Everyone is accountable. Get something done." Pelosi said she wants a bill that would gain bipartisan support and President Donald Trump's signature, but she rejected requests from some moderates to bring a new, smaller stimulus bill to the House floor for a vote. This statement comes after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican "skinny" relief bill last week that would have extended unemployment benefits, provided more funding for schools and child care, and given legal protections to businesses. Other Democrats expressed concern that failing to vote on another coronavirus package could mean voters forgetting the House passed the HEROES Act back in May. Still, Pelosi had refused to consider targeted stimulus efforts or a smaller stimulus deal prior to her comments Wednesday morning. She has indicated openness to a $2.2 trillion package but would not go lower to the White House's number of $1.5 trillion.

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Incredible Hubris – Pelosi Claims “Congress Will Be Watching” to Determine Israel’s Best Interests…

If ever there was a contrast of events to highlight the preferred interventionist schemes of the DC political elite, today was that day. At the same time that President Trump, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, and United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan are united to sign the Abraham Accords, a historic peace deal, Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells the media that only congress will determine what is in Israel’s best interests. “The U.S. Congress, on a bipartisan basis, will be watching and monitoring to ensure that Israel can maintain its qualitative military edge in the region.”  ~ Nancy Pelosi Think about that.  According to Nancy Pelosi and her crew of DC elites, it’s not the elected leadership of Israel that determines the best interest of his nation – it’s the U.S. congress. This comes after Nancy Pelosi previous said the Abraham peace accords were created by President Trump as a distraction from the coronavirus. Share this: Like this: Like Loading...

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Calls for New Coronavirus Aid Heat up in US House

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said Democrats were open to delaying an October recess to get a deal with Republicans on a new coronavirus aid bill, as a group of moderates unveiled a $1.5 trillion bipartisan plan they hoped would break a deadlock. With the U.S. presidential and congressional elections less than two months away, Republicans and Democrats have been unable to agree on a fifth coronavirus bill, having approved more than $3 trillion worth of measures earlier this year. “We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement,” Pelosi, a Democrat, said in a CNBC interview, adding that there were disagreements with Republicans on how to “crush the virus” that has now killed more than 194,000 people in the United States. The House was scheduled to recess no later than Oct. 2 so members can go home to campaign for re-election on Nov. 3. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said lawmakers will be on standby, with 24 hours notice of any vote on a coronavirus aid bill if a deal is reached. Congress is expected to focus in coming weeks on passing legislation funding the government beyond Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Hoyer said that a stopgap money bill to avert government shutdowns would be put to a vote in that chamber next week. Hoyer, a Democrat, said the Problem Solvers Caucus call for $1.5 trillion in new aid was helpful, but more was needed to confront a pandemic that has cost millions of U.S. jobs and shown few signs of abating. Meanwhile, the Democratic heads of eight House committees said in a statement that the “proposal falls short of what is needed to save lives and boost the economy.” The proposal drew praise from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Executive Vice President Neil Bradley called it “a reasonable middle ground,” but said expanded liability protections for businesses, something Democrats oppose, still had to be addressed. But the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Thune, was not as upbeat, calling it “problematic” because of the amount of spending for state and local governments. The overall cost, he added, was around $500 billion too high for many Republicans. ‘CAN’T WAIT’ The Problem Solvers Caucus, including 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, has been working to find common ground on coronavirus relief for the past six weeks. “We can’t wait,” Representative Josh Gottheimer, the group’s Democratic co-chairman, told a news conference, saying the proposal was intended to get the two sides back to the table. The gulf between Democrats in Congress and the White House is wide. In mid-May, the House approved a $3.4 trillion aid plan. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded by calling for a “pause” in any new funds. By late July, he offered a $1 trillion bill that many of his fellow Republicans rejected, only to then put a $300 billion bill up for a vote that Democrats blocked as insufficient. Meanwhile, Pelosi had offered to drop her aid demand to $2.4 trillion and the White House signaled a willingness to accept $1.3 trillion. Representative Tom Reed, the Problem Solvers’ Republican co-chairman, said Republican leaders and the White House were “positive” about the plan. “They want to get a deal,” he told reporters. The new bipartisan House proposal includes another round of direct checks to Americans, $500 billion for state and local governments, and jobless benefits, with spending lasting through January’s presidential inauguration. (Reporting by David Morgan, Susan Cornwell and Patricia Zengerle; additional reporting by Doina Chiacu, Lisa Lambert and Susan Heavey; Writing by Richard Cowan; Editing by Bernadette Baum, Steve Orlofsky and Jonathan Oatis)

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CNBC Host Jim Cramer Calls Pelosi ‘Crazy Nancy’ as He Questions Her About COVID Relief

CNBC host Jim Cramer is apologizing after calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a nickname that President Donald Trump uses. Cramer noted Pelosi told CNN days ago she was optimistic about striking a deal with Republicans on another coronavirus relief package. He questioned her about what kind of deal could be made and, in doing so, echoed Trump. “What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?” Cramer said. He quickly apologized and stressed his respect for the office. “I’m sorry, that was the President.  I have such reverence for the office,” he added. Check out his comments below: CRAMER: What deal can we have, crazy Nancy — I’m sorry, that was the president, I have such reverence for the office, I would never use that term, but it is hard isn’t it?PELOSI: But you just did.CRAMER: Oh, come on, you know what I mean.PELOSI: I know what you meant. pic.twitter.com/KA26N4nKAU — JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) September 15, 2020 While he explained he would never use that term, Pelosi cut him off and laughed at his remarks. “But you just did,” Pelosi said. Cramer responded, “Oh, come on, you know what I mean. You know what I mean.” She told him she knew what he meant. He reiterated he respects the office and recognized Pelosi has spent her whole life in public office. Pelosi argued Trump’s nickname for her is just a deflection of who he truly is. “Let me just say this, anything the President says is a projection of his own insecurities. He calls other people crazy because he knows he is. He complains about this, that and the other thing because he knows his own shortcomings,” Pelosi said. She continued, “He’s a master of projection, so any time he says something, you say, ‘Uh-oh, that’s what he’s thinking of himself.'” Toward the end of the interview, Cramer thanked Pelosi for her time and claimed he was being “facetious” when he used the term. Pelosi reassured Cramer, “Don’t worry about that. Let that be your biggest problem today.” During her interview, Pelosi said lawmakers are going to stay until they reach on agreement on the next stimulus bill, as IJR previously reported.

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US Lawmakers Committed To Stay Until They Reach a Coronavirus Relief Deal, Pelosi Says

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that lawmakers are committed to reaching a deal on sending economic aid to those hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, despite the failure of Republicans and Democrats to find a compromise for many weeks. “I just got off a call with my colleagues. We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement – an agreement that meets the needs of the American people. We’re optimistic that the White House, at least, will understand that we have to do some things,” Pelosi, a Democrat, said in a CNBC interview, adding that the disagreements are on how to “crush the virus.” (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Schumer and Pelosi-Aligned Groups Funnel Millions in Secret Cash Into 2020 Elections

Liberal advocacy groups closely aligned with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) have pushed more than $12 million in dark money contributions into the 2020 elections, filings show. Majority Forward, a nonprofit with ties to Schumer's Senate Majority PAC, has pushed $10.6 million in direct contributions into the election, while House Majority Forward, a nonprofit that is linked to Pelosi's House Majority PAC, has poured $1.6 million into 2020 efforts. The cash ultimately benefits liberal politicians, who routinely vow to rid politics of dark money. Recent Stories in 2020 Election Majority Forward, created in 2015, has been the biggest liberal dark money spender in recent years. The nonprofit has steered $8 million in direct contributions to Schumer's Senate Majority PAC; $1.5 million to Let's Turn Colorado Blue, which backed Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper in the Democratic primary against Andrew Romanoff; and $500,000 to the progressive group Swing Left, which works in toss-up elections. House Majority Forward, meanwhile, was launched in 2019 shortly after House Democrats introduced a bill that would have required the disclosure of major donors who give to 501(c)(4) nonprofits like itself. Its entire $1.6 million in direct contributions went to Pelosi's House Majority PAC, even though House Majority Forward's website says its work focuses mainly on economic, social, and environmental issues. Both nonprofits keep their donors' identities hidden, making it difficult to know where Democratic campaign contributions are ultimately coming from. Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, says this practice acts as a loophole to disclosure rules. "Dark money groups funding closely tied super PACs and other political committees that are legally required to disclose their donors keeps the identity of financiers behind the spending hidden, skirting FEC disclosure rules," Massoglia said. The information of individuals who contribute more than $200 to a political committee in an election cycle is posted online by the Federal Election Commission. But when individuals first give cash to an outside dark money group, which then pushes the cash into political committees, their identities remain hidden throughout the process. Democrats have long railed against dark money in politics but now outpace Republicans in its usage. In 2018, more than $150 million in secret cash was pumped into the elections, 54 percent of which came from Democratic groups as opposed to only 31 percent from Republican groups. So far in 2020, more than $116 million has been pushed into election efforts from both political parties, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In addition to its direct contributions, Majority Forward has spent nearly $24 million this cycle on TV and digital ads. This cash, however, is just a fraction of the total amount of dark money that funds political activities. Many groups that run voter engagement campaigns, for example, do not have to report those efforts to the Federal Election Commission. Democrats have used such groups to build a formidable apparatus for their wealthiest donors to utilize. Arabella Advisors, a D.C.-based network that acts as a "fiscal sponsor" by providing its tax and legal status to left-wing nonprofits, has alone injected more than $1 billion into Democratic organizations and causes since President Donald Trump took office. One of the entities housed at Arabella, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, has been used to conceal $20 million in liberal election spending in the 2020 cycle so far. Majority Forward and House Majority Forward did not respond to requests for comment.

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The real Peace Prize President

Peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Peace between Israel and Bahrain. Peace between Serbia and Kosovo. And that was all in the last month. Nancy Pelosi may think these latest diplomatic breakthroughs deserve mockery, but then again, like Obama, she thought empowering Iran at Israel’s expense was the path to Middle East peace. Maybe the ruthless real estate developer from Queens has sharper instincts for creating deals between former enemies than the refined experts among the Foggy Bottom crowd are willing to acknowledge. Just a thought. I mean, if you prefer dumping a couple billion dollars in unmarked bills on Iran’s doorstep in the dead of night and setting that theocratic dictatorship on a glide path toward becoming a nuclear superpower in control of the Middle East, then definitely go with the community organizing commander in chief. “Death to America,” after all, sounds exactly the same when chanted by either the Ayatollah’s executioners in Iran or Antifa’s arsonists in Oakland and Minneapolis. But if you’re looking to achieve real peace between bitter foes, then at some point, you throw out the laughably ineffective diplomatic playbook and bring in a real “ringer.” And that’s just what America did in 2016. Wake up, Washington! This is what winning looks like! It must all be pretty confusing for an establishment class that prefers talking about solutions but never actually achieving any and bending so far backwards for our geopolitical enemies that our normal M.O. is to pay them for the pleasure of kicking ourselves in the ass. “Peace through strength” is more than a slogan; it’s good policy. It’s just that the Obama administration foolishly believed fake American strength would somehow secure real and enduring peace. Remember how Iran ran roughshod over Obama, routinely threatening our naval vessels while the American president begged for a nuclear deal that would justify his Nobel Prize? I know the press corps found it enchanting that both John Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif could sip tea like gentlemen while Iran was busy taking American sailors hostage, smuggling heroine into the United States, and threatening Israel’s genocide, but sometimes you throw etiquette out the window, smash the china on the ground, toss the table upside down, and set new terms for negotiation. Obama was determined to lead from behind, and bad actors around the world were happy to exploit his weakness. Out of naiveté, ideological sympathy, and spinelessness, he managed to hand Russia power in Syria and a foothold in the Middle East for the first time since the end of the Cold War, open up a Shiite Crescent for the Iranians to exert control from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, and reconcile with Cuba’s murderous communists in our own backyard. If bowing down to Putin, Khamenei, and Castro seemed downright brilliant, then Obama was your guy. The problem is Obama was also Russia’s guy, Iran’s guy, and Cuba’s guy, too. How strange and refreshing it is to know that President Trump is just America’s guy! How satisfying it is to have an American president who doesn’t feel the need to beg Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah to stop killing our friends. When terrorists kill our friends these days, they end up dead. Americans have watched “experts” at the U.N. and the U.S. State Department justify Islamic terrorism against Israel as a negotiating tactic for border disputes that have been raging since 1948. President Trump looked at a hundred years of failure in securing the peace between Israel and her neighbors and decided the insiders were playing a game that couldn’t be won. So he changed the game. Some problems must be made bigger before they can be fixed. He stopped pretending that the conflict was between Jews and Muslims in the West Bank and started focusing on the real Arab power brokers holding up a deal for peace. And he stopped trying to create one deal that would appeal to every country with an opinion and instead concentrated on bilateral deals that pinpointed the particular interests of each party in the region. There’s no point in insisting on one splashy deal with all the bells and whistles in the world if the negotiation takes decades to complete. Sometimes, a hundred little deals can get you past the finish line to peace. This is what it’s like to have an American president actually interested in the art of the deal. It turns out that breakthroughs once thought impossible are actually quite possible. But not if your negotiation team consists of a bunch of Peace Corps veterans with masters in international diplomacy and your chief weapon is to unpack James Taylor when the going gets tough. No, if you’re sitting across the table from sharks, you better have razor-sharp teeth, too. It’s amazing that it took so long for a real businessman to come along, shake his head at the State Department, and say, “That’s not how you get to ‘yes.’” Three peace deals in a matter of weeks are just the beginning. One trade deal at a time, one defense deal at a time, one peace deal at a time, the Trump Era will one day be remembered as the period during which America’s foreign policy re-structured the world. And peace is the prize. No wonder China says it strongly prefers a Biden presidency because President Trump is too unpredictable at the negotiating table. In the past, China simply paid off America’s liberal political elites before robbing her blind. Now they’ve got an American adversary who not only can’t be bought off but who actually enjoys the fight. During the Obama-Biden years, China faced a poodle; with President Trump, they must fend off a tiger. And just as these most recent peace deal triumphs prove, tigers get results. 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A year later in June, 2019, we were up to 116,194. In June, 2020, we had 614,192. We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above. Election year or not, coronavirus lockdowns or not, anarchic riots or not, the need for truthful journalism endures. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going. Check out the NEW NOQ Report Podcast. American Conservative Movement Join fellow patriots as we form a grassroots movement to advance the cause of conservatism. The coronavirus crisis has prompted many, even some conservatives, to promote authoritarianism. It’s understandable to some extent now, but it must not be allowed to embed itself in American life. 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2011 Occupy, 2020 Antifa or 2020 Biden Supporters – Same Message: “All My Heroes Kill Cops”…

Considering the ambush attack against Los Angeles law enforcement, just a short pictorial to remind everyone the continuum of Democrat messaging remains exactly the same. Less than a week ago, September 7, this picture was taken of a protest group in Seattle.  Notice the banner “All My Heores Kill Cops”: This is the exact same message from the 2011 “Occupy” group as they marched and rioted in Oakland, California. 2020 Seattle: 2011 Oakland:  (Reference Link) Occupy Wall Street 2011 The current far-left 2020 “Biden supporters” are the current 2020 violent Antifa activists.  Prior to being Antifa they assembled under the cause of the 2011 “Occupy” movement. Flashback to Nancy Pelosi: [embedded content] . Any questions? Share this: Like this: Like Loading...

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US House Speaker Pelosi Voices Optimism About Passing Coronavirus Aid Bill

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said she was optimistic about Congress passing coronavirus relief legislation before the Nov. 3 presidential election. “I’m optimistic. I do think that we should have an agreement,” Pelosi said in a CNN interview. “That’s what we all want.” The U.S. Senate on Thursday killed a Republican bill that would have provided around $300 billion in new coronavirus aid, as Democrats seeking far more funding – around $3 trillion – prevented it from advancing. Pelosi said she was proud to see Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer “reject that terrible skinny bill to a massive problem that we have.” She did not refer to any planned negotiations with the White House or congressional Republican leaders on a new bill. President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has become a focus of the 2020 presidential race, in which he trails Democratic rival Joe Biden in several opinion polls. The pandemic has led to the deaths of more than 190,000 people in the United States and more than 910,000 worldwide. Earlier this year, Congress rapidly passed four bills providing about $3 trillion to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The Democratic-controlled House passed a fifth bill in May that would provide another $3 trillion in aid, but the Republican-led Senate did not take it up. The Republican bill defeated on Thursday would have renewed a federal unemployment benefit, but at a lower level than Democrats sought. It also would have set new protections for businesses against lawsuits during the pandemic. Other initiatives – including aid to state and local governments, a second round of direct payments to households, and bailouts for airlines – were not addressed in the Republican bill. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Jan Wolfe; Editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool)

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Pelosi Declines to Hold Saturday Vote on Smaller Bill to Expand Unemployment Benefits

The House speaker said it could undercut negotiations on other Democratic funding priorities.

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